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Was That a Rocket or a Learjet on departure?

Learjet 60 High Performance take off caught on film

It is a fine, sunny day with just a few clouds. The weather is perfect for flying. The gleaming white plane is a beautiful sight to behold against the the blue-green backdrop of Fort Lauderdale. The plane takes off so fast that the videographer loses sight of it for a moment.

This footage, recorded in 2013, shows a Learjet 60 rocketing off a runway, executing a high performance take off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Learjet 60 is noted for its time to climb performance, able to reach an altitude of 41,000 feet in just over 18 minutes at max weight.

About the Bombardier Learjet 60

The Learjet 60 is a twin engine, business jet aircraft with upturned wings. It is manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace in Wichita, Kansas. The Learjet 60 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada 305A engines, making it an improved version of the Learjet 55. Other improvements include various aerodynamic changes and wing design upgrades that make for a more stable approach at similar approach speeds to its smaller siblings.

The Learjet 60 took its first flight in October of 1990, but did not receive FAA certification until January of 1993. More than 400 Learjet 60 aircraft were produced between 1991 and 2012, when production was put on hold. The per unit cost of a Learjet 60 is more than 14 million dollars.  Despite its fine performance, the Learjet 60 also maintains the highest accident rate in its class, with most accidents occurring during landing. Production of the Learjet 60 ended in 2007 with 314 of them built.


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